(Closed) Birth Control – advice, please.

posted 8 years ago in Intimacy
  • poll: What should I do?
    Tough it out, maybe on different pill, til May. : (8 votes)
    57 %
    Dose him up! : (0 votes)
    Injections? : (0 votes)
    Other - detailed below. : (6 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would consider going to another pill or hormone BC like the Nuvaring.  I have my sex drive shot to hell by the pill too, I’m going to try Nuvaring now.  If it doesn’t work, I will go to Implanon.  I wouldn’t do the Depo Provera shots since they can affect your ability to get pregnant for months.

    As for the male pill, I don’t think one has been approved by the FDA yet.

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Different types of hormonal BC have different levels of hormones so the effects can be different in your body.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think the male BC pill still has a ways to go in terms of testing and making sure it is safe and effective….so that is probably out of the question 🙁

    My doctor told me that with the injection, if you have any negative reaction to it (low sex drive, gain weight, etc.) you really can’t do anything because it is in your system for that length of time (usually several months) and you just have to deal with whatever happens.  So that would not be my choice.  

    My advice would be to switch to another pill or the Nuvaring if this one really is not working out for you…the only issue would be sometimes you need a few months of adjustment when you switch.  It depends though – if you switch to a new one with the same kind of hormones in it (i.e. combination hormones) at the time when you would be starting a new pack, there is less of an interruption on your body’s cycle.  That is what I did when I switched from Alesse to the Nuvaring and the transition was seamless for me.

    It’s up to you though and whether your body would need extra time to adjust to a new dose of hormones (and whether that transition is worth it to you)…talk to your doctor and s/he might be able to offer you the best options based on your own history.

    Good luck 🙂 

    Post # 8
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    1418 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @MrsSaltWaterTaffy:  I have been on the Nuvaring for over a year now and I love it.  It definitely did NOT kill my sex drive!  I also love the ease of it – three weeks in and one week out – you don’t have to remember to take a pill every day at the same time!

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @dance: I’m glad you aren’t having problems on it!  I’m really sick of the side effects from my pill and hope Nuvaring works for me!

    @aunt pol: Please don’t be afraid of telling your doctor about this.  I know how hard it is to tell the doctor but they are there to help you have the best (sex) life possible.  They aren’t going to judge you.

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @aunt pol: Oh do you go to your general doctor for your annual visit?  That’s why I have a gyno so I can talk about things like this and not feel like they are thinking about it when I come in later for a tonsil infection.

    Post # 12
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I was on Ortho-tri-cyclin for 8 years and then switched to Yaz (I know it’s the WORST pill ever) 2 years ago.

    I didn’t have problems a first but then I started getting mood swings and it killed my sex drive, plus I started getting cystic acne and it was so horrible!

    After we got engaged I decided to go off it. I’m so glad I did. Like many other bee’s have stated, it does take some work to get pregnant and if your periods are regularly timed you should be able to track so you can avoid sex on the days when you’re most likely to get pregnant.

    I feel like just now my skin and my body has gotten back to normal, but I do know it takes a while to get hormones out of your system and we will be TTC right after the wedding.

    Post # 14
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    45 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I switched from Ocella (generic pill) to Nuvaring and wasnt pleased. I hear that its rare for this to happen, but mine never stayed in. It slid out even after my GYNO pushed it up in there more. Anywho, I just found out Im pregnant also….soooo, I just dont recommend it to anyone. If it were to actually stay in, it might be worth trying.

    Also, your sex drive wont come back with BC of any kind, I found no matter what BC I was on, it stunk. Not until you quit BC will you see a vast improvement on your libido.

    Post # 15
    Member
    52 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    another vote for Nuvaring!  it is SO easy and i havent had any side effects.  i love not having to think about it.  

     

    but @CeeCee:  sorry its didnt work for you—so strange!  i havent heard of it coming out before.   (congrats on your pregnancy though!)

    Post # 16
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    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I’ve been on the nuvaring for 2 years now and looooooove it.  I have not lost my sex drive and have zero acne/weight gain.  It’s AWESOME.

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